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Deadline looming for radon testing in Port Hope

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

PORT HOPE - 

The Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) overseeing the testing of property for historic, low-level radioactive waste is warning that the “window of opportunity” for property owners in Port Hope to have this testing done “remains open for a limited time only.”

Asked to identify the deadline, the PHAI has not done so, but states in a media release that “this summer” will begin the final work on about 1,000 properties.

Radon monitoring devices are placed on properties initially and then further testing is done and clean up, if required.

“We don’t want anyone in Port Hope to miss this significant opportunity. The project will be progressing to the clean-up stage over the next year, so it’s critical to property owners – and the community – that we identify now all the waste to be cleaned up,” stated Craig Hebert, General Manager of the Historic Waste Program Management Office in a media release.

Most of the property owners approached by the PHAI to do testing have agreed and 4,000 are involved at some stage out of the 4,800 expected to be tested.

The release also states that the “radiological investigations are a first step toward receiving a Compliance Letter, which assures owners that their properties meet PHAI Clean-up Criteria and is particularly important if an owner plans to sell or bequeath a property at any time. The PHAI expects to issue Compliance Letters for about 90 per cent of properties once testing has been completed. Properties that do not initially meet PHAI Clean-up Criteria will be remediated – again at no cost to the owner – after which a Compliance Letter will be issued.”

If you don’t have a sign up package for testing call 905-885-0291 or go to www.propertysurvey@phai.ca

vmacdonald@postmedia.com